Latest Maine state government News

Church outbreak grows; Mills spars with GOP on Pence rally

Oct. 20, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

BROOKS, Maine (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak centered around a church in a small town in Maine has grown to more than 40 cases and could spread significantly, public health authorities in the state said Tuesday. The outbreak began at Brooks Pentecostal Church in the small Waldo County town of Brooks, Maine...

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a campaign rally, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, at Dysarts in Hermon, Maine. (Linda Coan O'Kresik/The Bangor Daily News via AP)

Pence touts GOP candidates, support for fishermen in Maine

Oct. 19, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

HERMON, Maine (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence used a Monday appearance in Maine to tout Republican politicians in the state and boast about the federal government's support for lobster fishermen. Pence held a rally in Hermon, which is in Maine's 2nd Congressional District. The district is in play for...

FILE - This photo combo shows incumbent U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, left, and Republican former state Rep. Dale Crafts, right, candidates in Maine's 2nd Congressional District in the Nov. 3, 2020, general election. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Fight for Maine seat brings less money, fire than last time

Oct. 17, 2020 8:02 AM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A contentious fight for Maine's vast, mostly rural 2nd Congressional District broke state fundraising records in 2018, when the district played a pivotal role in the Democrats' drive to take back the U.S. House of Representatives. This time around, that's not the case. Democratic...

FILE - This pair of 2020 file photos shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, and Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, right, who are running in the Nov. 3, 2020, election to represent Maine in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photos, File)

Collins, Gideon clash on records, health care in debate

Oct. 15, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and her Democratic opponent Sara Gideon sparred on health care and the nation's coronavirus response during a Thursday debate that saw the two candidates heavily criticize each other's records in office. Collins, a 24-year senator, and Gideon, the...

Maine businesses get first round of aid to weather pandemic

Oct. 15, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has awarded more than 2,300 economic recovery grants to small businesses and nonprofit groups in the state to help them weather the coronavirus pandemic. The grants totaled $105 million and were supported by federal coronavirus relief funds, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said...

A Metro bus driver wears a mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus while while working on a rainy day, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Portland, Maine. State health officials reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and no additional deaths. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine increases limits on indoor seating ahead of winter

Oct. 13, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine businesses are dealing with a new set of guidelines designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus on Tuesday in preparation for the cold winter months. The state has increased its limit on indoor seating to either 50% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less, according to the...

Buyers are let in to purchase cannabis products at Theory Wellness on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in South Portland, Maine. Friday is the first day of legal marijuana sales for adult recreational use in the state. (AP Photo/David Sharp)

A long road: Weed goes on sale years after approval in Maine

Oct. 9, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mainers got their first opportunity to legally buy marijuana for recreational use, but a supply shortage was a potential buzzkill. Retailers blame the pandemic and a limited number of licensed manufacturers for reducing the variety of products available on Friday. Licenses were...

Crafts says he misspoke about endorsement

Oct. 8, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

Republican congressional candidate Dale Crafts acknowledges he misspoke when he said he had the endorsement of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine. Crafts, who's seeking to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden in the 2nd Congressional District, said he had the SAM endorsement during appearance Tuesday on the...

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Democrats link Trump-Collins, literally, on campaign signs

Oct. 7, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democrats eager to link Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins with President Donald Trump in her reelection race have begun posting campaign-style “Trump/Collins” signs in Maine. They're similar to the traditional “Trump/Pence” signs touting the Republican...

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks at a news conference, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Waterville, Maine. Collins, who is seeking re-election, visited businesses on a campaign swing through downtown Waterville. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Collins: Maskless Trump set a poor example at White House

Oct. 6, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Tuesday she was “shocked” to see President Donald Trump discharged from the hospital so soon, and said Trump set a poor example by appearing at the White House without a mask. “When I saw him on the balcony of the White House,...